Showdown

Keeping the Faith

Best religious characters in film

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Which rebel hearts do you think of in the little hours? Which sister’s act do you love the most? Who is your man for all seasons? This Showdown is a roundup of your ten best badass priests, naughty novitiates, saints with secrets, racy rabbis, mysterious ministers, vicious vicars, magical monks, Nazi-busting nuns. Whether you’re Team Brian or Team Benedetta, break the seventh seal and throw the spotlight on religious characters who go well beyond the job description to keep the keys of the kingdom. (No deities, gods or kami—we want earth-bound characters, real or fictional.)

Most mentioned

  • First Reformed
  • The Exorcist
  • Silence
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Life of Brian
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Sister Act
  • Doubt
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • The Devils
  • Calvary
  • Black Narcissus
  • Ida
  • Dogma
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Winter Light
  • The Two Popes

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Piper Sines 17 films

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deathmaumau 10 films

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Robert Shupe 10 films

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Letterboxd 20 films

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Michael Lamb 20 films

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Hunter Goebel 10 films

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Marta Gœtt 20 films

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Clarissa Thorne 34 films

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Stefan 11 films

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JonbaRal 10 films

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user543221 8 films

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John 54 films

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Sam Herbst 11 films

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Connor McKenna 10 films

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cococeva 10 films

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andy d 10 films

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Mike Roe 10 films

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Quittiie 10 films

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calebhaha 3 films

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